Putting talk/news/sports talk on FM isn't just being done by commercial broadcasters, public stations like WGBH Boston are doing it too. It was said above, here, it "pledges well". It's said people want the news/talk
and quite a few do. But quite a few people are upset about losing the music (jazz, folk, blues,
classical--though in WGBH's case the latter got moved to WCRB 99.5). A few comments on
the WGBH facebook:
--WHERE IS ERIC IN THE EVENING???
--The jazz decision was a bad decision and is likely to to decrease listenership.
--Bring the jazz back you jokers, nobody wants to hear the The Diane Rehm Show at 10pm while they're trying to relax on the couch.
-- Boston needs diverse music on the radio, not more talk. My kitchen radio has been tuned to WGBH for jazz almost every evening for years. No longer, I'm afraid.
Quite a few news/talk shows also appear on their competition, WBUR from Boston Univ. (you know,
the guys who bring you "don't drive like MY brother!" Car Talk). The fact is that radio is a business.
Including public radio. There are donations from "Listeners Like You" but also a lot of corporate donations.
Colleges, foundations, etc. They are making the decision to get rid of things like jazz. In Pittsburgh
WDUQ got sold and the new owners cut jazz back from 100 hrs/wk to 6 hrs/wk. I got talking to the
president of the Pittsburgh Blues Society and mentioned that. "Well, we'll still have Little E's," she replied,
referring to a downtown club. Hey, what ya gonna do? So we lose our jazz...
It's a trend for public radio, etc.
List of NPR donors, 2008http://www.npr.org/about/aboutnpr/annualreports/NPRSponsorsDonors08.pdf
Angie's List, GM, Fox Broadcasting, Netflix, Pabst, Subaru Carfax
They mention these donors on air. "Non-commercial radio"? Not exactly. Anyway they feel news/talk
is more to the point of their mission, and fans of jazz, classical, blues, folk get the shaft. Maybe a 130
watt college station will play the latest blues releases and the classics--but 100,000 watt WGBH?